Photographer's Note

This is from a recent weekend trip to Canada's Pacific coast, near Tofino. I had a lot of fun playing in the waves (a good pair of rubber boots is essential), taking long exposures of the water as it came in and went out. I was just trying to catch the mood of the place - relaxing, hypnotic and beautiful. As with any moving subject, the results can be unpredictable, but sometimes you get something that works out perfectly. In this case the wave came up the beach and stopped just short of the rock before retreating back down to the ocean. The foam of the wave did a very nice job of framing the rock and dividing the image, and since I had already set up my tripod and had no idea of where the wave would reach to, I think you could fairly say that it was luck that made this turn out like it did. With all the best equipment and best planning, it still comes down to luck ... being in the right place at the right time.

In case anyone is wondering why I used the D200 instead of my newer D700, the answer is simple - I was afraid to get my new camera wet (and I definitely got surprised by a few waves that day!).

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Additional Photos by Alvin Brown (Cormac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
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